He's confessed to the massacre, they should save time and money; make him face the firing squad and let the victims families watch as the Muslim-hating terrorist is shredded to pieces. They are giving him exactly what he wants, attention to showcase his corrupt cause.
Breivik stands trial over Norway killings
Anders Behring Breivik tells court he does not recognise its authority as trial begins over attacks that left 77 dead.
The man confessed to killing 77 people in a bomb attack and gun assault in Norway last year has pleaded "not guilty" as the trial against him started, with proceedings set to focus on whether or not Anders Behring Breivik is sane.
"I acknowledge the acts, but not criminal guilt," he told the court on Monday morning.
Breivik arrived in court for the morning's opening session in Oslo amid tight security and massive media attention, although the first day was mostly expected to focus on a run-through of the charges and technicalities of the trial as well as on Breivik's plea.
The 33-year-old has been charged with "acts of terror" and faces either 21 years in prison - a sentence that could thereafter be extended indefinitely if he is still considered a threat to society - or closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.
Upon his entrance to the court, Breivik lifted his right fist in an apparent far-right salute.
"I do not recognise the Norwegian courts. You have received your mandate from political parties which support multiculturalism", Breivik told the court. "I do not acknowledge the authority of the court."
Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen, the lead judge responded, telling Breivik that he would have time to make statements later on in the trial.
Breivik looked down as the prosecutor read out a list of those killed and how they had died during the July 2011 attacks.
Breivik has confessed to a car bombing outside a government building in central Oslo which killed eight people and the subsequent killings of 69 people, most of them teenagers, during a shooting spree on the nearby island Utoya where Norway's ruling Labour Party was holding a youth summer camp.
His lawyers say he will plead not guilty and argue that his actions were "cruel but necessary".
Breivik has said he acted alone and in self-defence against those he considered to be "state traitors" for opening Norway up to multiculturalism and allowing a "Muslim invasion" of Europe.
The trial is expected to focus on whether or not Breivik is criminally sane and accountable for his actions, which would determine if he was to be sentenced to prison or sent to a closed psychiatric ward.
A first court-ordered psychiatric exam found him insane, while a second opinion came to the opposite conclusion.
Five judges will consider psychiatric evaluations presented to the court, with a verdict expected to be handed down in July.
But many Norwegians feel Breivik will use the trial as a showcase for far-right views expounded in a more-than 1,500-page document published online prior to the attack. In that self-styled manifesto, Breivik described a trial as offering "a stage to the world".
The proceedings in the specially-adapted Oslo District Court were being broadcast live to 17 local courthouses around the country to accommodate more than 770 survivors and families of victims figuring as plaintiffs.
The size of the trial is unprecedented in the Scandinavian country's history.
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16-Apr-2012 08:01 PM
17-Apr-2012 10:43 AMO you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allâh as just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (Al-Mā'idah: 8)
Singapore: oppresses Muslims, bans athaan, bans hijab in schools, prevents building of madrassahs or muslim schools, puts limit on the percentage of Muslims allowed in each apartment building, and bans Muslims from joining Singapore's elite military forces. Singapore; Israel's best buddy!
17-Apr-2012 08:37 PMO you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allâh as just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (Al-Mā'idah: 8)
18-Apr-2012 06:37 AM
Breivik says he would do it all again
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has told a court his twin attacks, which killed 77 people, were "sophisticated and spectacular" and he would do them again.
On the second day of his trial, Breivik took the stand for the first time after one of the trial's five judges was dismissed for posting an online comment saying the 33-year-old gunman should face the death penalty.
Breivik has pleaded not guilty and said he was defending his country by setting off a car bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo last July, then killing another 69 people in a shooting spree at a youth summer camp organised by the ruling Labour Party.
"I have carried out the most sophisticated and spectacular political attack committed in Europe since the Second World War," Breivik told the court in a 73-minute prepared statement.
"They (Norwegians) risk being a minority in their own capital in their own country in the future.
"Yes, I would have done it again, because offences against my people ... are many times as bad."
Speaking in a calm and composed voice as he presented his Islamophobic and anti-immigration ideology, Breivik described Oslo as a "multicultural hell".
"People who call me evil have misunderstood the difference between evil and brutal," he said, adding that the US's World War II decision to drop nuclear bombs on Japan was, like his carnage, also made with "good intentions."
Tears for 'dying' country
On Monday, prosecutors screened a 12-minute Islamophobic video made by Breivik and broadcast on the internet on the day of the attacks, featuring photos of Islamists set to soft music.
The 33-year-old extremist, who opposes Norway's generous immigration policies, welled up in tears as the video played.
Asked by the prosecutor on Tuesday why he had cried, he responded: "Because my country is in the process of dying - it was the sorrow over seeing my country ... deconstructed."
It was "especially the songs, combined with the message" that brought tears to his eyes, he said, adding: "It was my first YouTube video."
While he has admitted the killings and will likely be kept behind bars for the rest of his life, Breivik's main objective is to prove he is sane, a court judgement that he sees as vindicating his anti-Muslim and anti-immigration cause.
The high school dropout has said being labelled insane would be a "fate worse than death".
If found guilty and sane, Breivik faces a maximum 21-year sentence but could be held indefinitely if he is considered a continuing danger.
If declared insane, he would be held in a psychiatric institution indefinitely with periodic reviews.
Norway does not have the death penalty.
"It was my first YouTube video."Singapore: oppresses Muslims, bans athaan, bans hijab in schools, prevents building of madrassahs or muslim schools, puts limit on the percentage of Muslims allowed in each apartment building, and bans Muslims from joining Singapore's elite military forces. Singapore; Israel's best buddy!
19-Apr-2012 01:10 AM
Norway killer expounds on fanatical views at trial
In a scene unimaginable in many countries, Norway's worst mass killer got the chance to explain his fanatical views to the court and the world, unrepentant and dressed in a business suit. Prosecutors and lawyers for the families of his 77 victims even shook his hand.
Two days into Anders Behring Breivik's terror trial, the way Norway's legal system deals with a confessed killer who rejects its authority is baffling - even to some Norwegians.
The 33-year-old far-right militant gave a rambling hour-long address to the court on Tuesday, reading from a statement that essentially summarized the 1,500-page anti-Islamic manifesto he posted online before his bomb-and-shooting rampage nine months ago.
"The attacks on July 22 were a preventive strike. I acted in self-defense on behalf of my people, my city, my country," Breivik declared, demanding to be found innocent of terror and murder charges. "I would have done it again."
Breivik has five days to explain why he detonated a bomb outside government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people, then drove to a nearby resort island, where he massacred 69 others, mostly teens, at a summer youth camp run by the governing Labor Party.
Breivik, who has admitted carrying out the grisly acts, boasted they were the most "spectacular" by a nationalist militant since World War II.
His victims were part of a conspiracy to "deconstruct" Norway's cultural identity, he said. Comparing the Labor Party youth wing to the Hitler Youth, he called their annual summer gathering an "indoctrination" camp.
Breivik also lashed out at Norwegian and European governments for embracing immigration and multiculturalism, and claimed to be speaking as a commander of an anti-Islam militant group he called the Knights Templar - a group that prosecutors say does not exist.
At one point, Breivik even likened his attacks to the U.S. dropping atomic bombs on Japan to bring World War II to an end. "They did it for something good, to prevent further war," Breivik said.
The court's main judge interrupted repeatedly, admonishing Breivik to get to the point, but let him continue after he threatened to quit addressing the court altogether if he wasn't allowed to deliver his entire speech.
"It is critically important that I can explain the reason and the motive" for the massacre, he said.
Mette Yvonne Larsen, a lawyer representing victim's families, also interrupted Breivik, saying she had received complaints from victims that the defendant was turning the trial into a platform for his extremist views. But even she showed some sympathy for Breivik's right to explain his actions.
"We understand that the court allows it, but we felt it was our duty as lawyers for the bereaved to intervene," Larsen told reporters.
Norwegian legal experts said it was important that the country's legal traditions apply to everyone, even Breivik, whose massacre shocked this prosperous, peaceful nation.
The justice system isn't about "revenge, but sober, dignified treatment" for everyone accused of a crime, said Thomas Mathiesen, a professor of sociology of law at the University of Oslo.
"It is deeply ingrained in Norwegian tradition and fundamental values. If it lasts all the way through the 10 weeks of this trial, and I think it will, we have an important message to the world," he said.
When Breivik entered the courtroom on Tuesday, he delivered the same clenched-fist salute with his right arm outstretched as a day earlier, turning to stare at the families of some of his victims.
On Monday, Norwegian prosecutors and even lawyers representing the families of victims shook Breivik's hand as the trial opened, raising some eyebrows. Prosecutors shaking hands with defendants would be a rare sight in the U.S., as well as in neighboring Sweden and other Nordic nations.
"That was a bit strange," said John Christian Elden, who represents some survivors but is not participating in the trial.
Breivik had asked to wear a uniform in court in pretrial hearings but was rebuffed, and he appeared at the trial in a business suit and tie, his thinning hair neatly combed.
"We don't have orange jumpsuits and that kind of thing in Norway," his lawyer Geir Lippestad said. "This is a completely normal way to dress in a Norwegian court, even in a serious criminal matter."
Breivik's lawyers concede that his contention that he acted in self-defense is unlikely to succeed and said the main point was to avoid an insanity ruling, which Breivik contends would negate his cause.
In his testimony Tuesday, Breivik rejected suggestions that he has a narcissistic personality disorder.
"July 22, wasn't about me. July 22 was a suicide attack. I wasn't expecting to survive that day," he said. "A narcissist would never have given his life for anyone or anything."
Some victims' relatives were upset at his testimony.
"I think it's important to underline that we don't view Breivik as a politician in this matter. He is a mass murderer," said Trond Henry Blattmann, whose 17-year-old son was killed on the Utoya resort island.
Some observers outside Norway found Breivik's monologue surprising in a criminal trial.
"What I see happening in Norway with Breivik's statement is a trial about politics, not legal evidence," said Jeff Kass, who wrote a book about the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo.
He noted that in the United States, it's almost always the defense attorney - not the defendant - who does the talking.
"It is almost always considered a bad idea to have the defendant himself or herself testify. For one, it opens them up to too much questioning - as the prosecutor is now doing with Breivik," Kass said.
The five-judge panel hearing the case includes three "citizen" judges, ordinary people who serve four-year terms. One citizen judge was removed Tuesday after media reports said he had posted comments in an online forum saying that Breivik deserved the death penalty, which doesn't exist in Norway. He was replaced by another citizen judge.
If found mentally sane - the key issue to be decided in the trial - Breivik could face a maximum 21-year prison sentence or an alternate custody arrangement that would keep him locked up as long as he is considered a menace to society.
If declared insane he would be committed to psychiatric care for as long as he's considered ill.
19-Apr-2012 01:12 AMO you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allâh as just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do. (Al-Mā'idah: 8)
19-Apr-2012 07:32 PM
Norway killer wants death penalty or acquittal
Norway's prison terms are "pathetic," confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik declared Wednesday in court, claiming the death penalty or a full acquittal were the "only logical outcomes" for his massacre of 77 people...
24-Aug-2012 12:29 PM
Court to deliver verdict in Breivik trial
A Norwegian court will deliver its verdict in the ten-week trial of gunman Anders Behring Breivik on Friday, deciding whether to send him to jail or a mental hospital for the massacre of 77 people last July.
The Oslo courthouse heard extraordinary and harrowing evidence of how Breivik first blew up Oslo's government quarter, then murdered 69 mainly teenagers with chilling remorselessness on Utoeya island.
Prosecutors have demanded a verdict of insanity, while many of his victims say only a sane person could have carried out such a complex attack.
Whatever the five judges decide, Breivik will be locked up in solitary confinement inside the maximum security Ila prison on the outskirts of Oslo.
Breivik himself gave evidence, not just about the killings, but about his motives.
His defence lawyer believes justice will be done.
"He has made it clear that if he is convicted as legally insane, he will appeal the decision," Geir Lippestad, Breivik's
defence lawyer, said on Thursday. "If he is convicted as sane, he will accept that.
24-Aug-2012 12:40 PM
'Ila Prison' where mass killer Breivik is held - click for photos
Just short of a 5 star resort.
Guilty or not, Breivik to have ‘humane’ conditions
As a court in Norway is expected to deliver its verdict on mass killer Breivik, he will spend his life in a ‘humane’ prison, or a comfortable mental hosptial
A normal cell at inside Ila prison, just outside Oslo, where Breivik has been held most of the time since the July 22 attacks, is seen in this photo.
Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik is set to spend the foreseeable future at a high-security and comfortable prison whether a court sentences him to prison or closed psychiatric care for his massacre in Oslo last July.
Since Breivik’s guilt is not in question, the key decision for the Oslo district court today is whether to declare him insane after two psychiatric teams reached opposite conclusions on his mental health. The 33-year-old right-wing extremist has confessed to last year’s twin attacks that left 77 people dead, but faced with contradictory expert opinions, the five district court judges must decide whether he is sane, meaning he will go to jail, or insane, meaning he will go to a mental asylum. Regardless of the decision, Breivik is set for incarceration in the top-security Ila prison just outside Oslo, Agence France-Presse reported
If declared insane, Breivik will be the sole patient of a psychiatric ward that Norway has built just for him, with 17 people on staff to treat him. It cost between $340,000 and $510,000, according to Norway’s Health Ministry. If found to be mentally fit, he will remain isolated, for now, in the relatively dingy and bare cells, each measuring eight square meters. One is for sleeping, one is for physical exercise with workout machines, and one is a workspace that has a laptop nailed to a desk.
Breivik would face a sentence of “preventive detention,” if he is found mentally fit. Unlike a regular prison sentence, which can be no longer than 21 years in Norway, that confinement option can be extended for as long as an inmate is considered dangerous to society. It also offers more programs and therapy than an ordinary prison sentence.
The computer at the Ila Prison is not connected to Internet, to prevent communication with the outside world, but according to tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) it does feature an offline version of the encyclopedia Wikipedia. He is also free to communicate with the outside world with letters. His defense lawyers have said he is already planning to write books building on the 1,500-page manual on far-right terror he released before the attacks.
Humane prison regime
Officials say the ambition would be to eventually transfer Breivik to a section with other prisoners, who have access to a school that features all levels of education, a library, a gym and other leisure activities and who can find work in the prison’s various shops, The Associated Press reported. The prison life forms part of the philosophy of humane prison treatment and rehabilitation that forms the bedrock of the Scandinavian penal system. “He has human rights. This is about creating a humane prison regime,” said a spokeswoman for Ila Prison.
Prison officials say the special measures for Breivik are justified because he presents a security risk that Norway’s prison have not previously had to deal with. Whatever the outcome, Breivik has already proved to be so dangerous that legal experts say he is not likely to walk free until he is very elderly, if at all.
24-Aug-2012 07:54 PM
Norway gives 21 years to mass killer Breivik
Sane and criminally responsible.
24-Aug-2012 08:39 PM
What a JOKE!
24-Aug-2012 08:46 PM
They should have amended the laws in retrospect to sentence him to a longer period of imprisonment, if not capital punishment.
After 21 years, they can still hold him indefinitely if he is deemed a threat (which he obviously is). I highly doubt he will be released, but given the Norwegian legal system, it would not be much of a surprise if they did.
What's bizarre is that he will be able to communicate with right wing extreme supremacists, and potentially plan another massacre.
Make him face a firing squad and be done with it.
24-Aug-2012 11:01 PM
Well, he's basically going on a 21 year, all expenses paid vacation.
There is no justice for the families of the victims.
This demonstrates how perfect Allah's (swt) laws are.